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However, complications may...
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
  • He had not spoken, however, and at last she faced about.
    Chapter 35 (34% in)
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Our friend, however, escaped criticism: that is, he escaped all criticism but his own, which was much the most competent and most formidable.
    Chapter 1 (82% in)
  • As regards this, however, a critical attitude would be inconsistent with a candid reference to the early annals of any biographer.
    Chapter 2 (61% in)
  • She was not abnormally deficient, and she mustered learning enough to acquit herself respectably in conversation with her contemporaries, among whom it must be avowed, however, that she occupied a secondary place.
    Chapter 2 (64% in)
  • Both she and her brother, however, exaggerated the young girl's limitations; for Catherine, though she was very fond of her aunt, and conscious of the gratitude she owed her, regarded her without a particle of that gentle dread which gave its stamp to her admiration of her father.
    Chapter 2 (85% in)
  • She was strong, however, and properly made, and, fortunately, her health was excellent.
    Chapter 3 (2% in)
  • It was discovered after a while, however, that Aunt Penniman was but an accident in Catherine's existence, and not a part of its essence, and that when the girl came to spend a Saturday with her cousins, she was available for "follow-my-master," and even for leapfrog.
    Chapter 3 (90% in)
  • By degrees, however, the little Almonds' trousers began to lengthen, and the wearers to disperse and settle themselves in life.
    Chapter 3 (95% in)
  • She had succeeded, however, as she often failed to do when people were presented to her, in catching his name, which appeared to be the same as that of Marian's little stockbroker.
    Chapter 4 (9% in)
  • Aunt Penniman, however, took no account of it; she spoke even with a touch of acrimony.
    Chapter 5 (94% in)
  • He seemed more at home this time—more familiar; lounging a little in the chair, slapping a cushion that was near him with his stick, and looking round the room a good deal, and at the objects it contained, as well as at Catherine; whom, however, he also contemplated freely.
    Chapter 6 (22% in)
  • His talk, however, was not particularly knightly; it was light and easy and friendly; it took a practical turn, and he asked a number of questions about herself—what were her tastes—if she liked this and that—what were her habits.
    Chapter 6 (23% in)
  • This was all the more reason, however, though she was ashamed and uncomfortable, why she should tell her father that Mr. Morris Townsend had called again.
    Chapter 6 (41% in)
  • The Doctor, however, began to put his questions elsewhere; it naturally having occurred to him that he ought to inform himself properly about this handsome young man who had formed the habit of running in and out of his house.
    Chapter 6 (53% in)
  • However, we must make the best of people.
    Chapter 6 (65% in)
  • CHAPTER VII He was, however, by no means so much in earnest as this might seem to indicate; and, indeed, he was more than anything else amused with the whole situation.
    Chapter 7 (0% in)
  • The Doctor, however, kept his reflexions to himself, and talked to his visitors about foreign lands, concerning which Morris offered him more information than he was ready, as he mentally phrased it, to swallow.
    Chapter 7 (41% in)
  • His murmurs, however, were inaudible; and for a while he said nothing to any one.
    Chapter 8 (25% in)
  • He saw in a moment, however, that his daughter was painfully conscious of his own observation.
    Chapter 9 (8% in)
  • It will probably seem to the reader, however, that the Doctor's vigilance was by no means excessive, and that these two young people had an open field.
    Chapter 10 (13% in)
  • I doubt, however, whether Catherine was irritated, though she broke into a vehement protest.
    Chapter 11 (55% in)
  • Even if she were not weak, however, you would still be a penniless man.
    Chapter 12 (35% in)
  • At last, however, she rustled in, smoothing down a stiff poplin dress, with a little frightened flush in a gracefully-rounded cheek.
    Chapter 14 (11% in)
  • Mrs. Montgomery, however, smiled not at all; it was obvious that she could not take the humorous view of his appeal.
    Chapter 14 (41% in)
  • We know, however, that Morris possessed the virtue of self-control, and he had, moreover, the constant habit of seeking to be agreeable; so that, although Mrs. Penniman's demeanour only exasperated his already unquiet nerves, he listened to her with a sombre deference in which she found much to admire.
    Chapter 15 (97% in)
  • It was not, however, materially more civil.
    Chapter 16 (27% in)
  • The Doctor answered, however, quietly enough: "Of course you can wait till I die, if you like."
    Chapter 18 (54% in)
  • Suddenly, however, she had an inspiration—she almost knew it to be an inspiration.
    Chapter 18 (64% in)
  • In spite of differences, however, we can, at a pinch, understand each other; and that is the essential thing just now.
    Chapter 19 (23% in)
  • She was not gratified, however, when, in coming back to her niece's room before breakfast, she found that Catherine had risen and was preparing herself for this meal.
    Chapter 19 (59% in)
  • It must, however, have been in pure simplicity, and from motives quite untouched by sarcasm, that, a few moments after, she went on to say to Morris that her father had given her a message for him.
    Chapter 20 (62% in)
  • I wouldn't, however, have missed our rendezvous for anything.
    Chapter 21 (57% in)
  • Not that it matters to me, however.
    Chapter 22 (68% in)
  • They were good walkers, however, and they took their adventure easily; from time to time they stopped, that Catherine might rest; and then she sat upon a stone and looked about her at the hardfeatured rocks and the glowing sky.
    Chapter 24 (25% in)
  • He made no motion to proceed, however, but came close to her, as if he had something to say.
    Chapter 24 (35% in)
  • However, in a given case that doesn't diminish the merit.
    Chapter 24 (88% in)
  • She saw him, however, the day after she landed; and, in the meantime, he formed a natural subject of conversation between our heroine and her Aunt Lavinia, with whom, the night she disembarked, the girl was closeted for a long time before either lady retired to rest.
    Chapter 25 (2% in)
  • In fact, however, the two ladies had met, in Washington Square, without tears, and when they found themselves alone together a certain dryness fell upon the girl's emotion.
    Chapter 25 (16% in)
  • With this, however, it was a blessing to be able to talk of Morris, to sound his name, to be with a person who was not unjust to him.
    Chapter 25 (22% in)
  • This, however, you know as well as I. What I wish is simply to give you notice of my own state of mind!
    Chapter 27 (26% in)
  • It is not, however, always necessary, and I will show you how gracefully I can lay it aside.
    Chapter 27 (31% in)
  • Mrs. Penniman, however, in spite of her pugilism, was a good deal frightened, and she took counsel of her fears.
    Chapter 27 (37% in)
  • Of such assurances, however, he had already a voluminous collection, and it would not have been worth his while to forsake a fruitful avocation merely to hear Mrs. Penniman say, for the thousandth time, that she had made his cause her own.
    Chapter 28 (27% in)
  • Mrs. Penniman, however, was not discouraged.
    Chapter 28 (78% in)
  • During the period of her engagement, however, a young lady even of the most slender pretensions counts upon more bouquets than at other times; and there was a want of perfume in the air at this moment which at last excited the girl's alarm.
    Chapter 29 (24% in)
  • The next time he came, however, she brought it out, and she told him again that he was too proud.
    Chapter 29 (37% in)
  • Her punishment accumulated; she continued to bear it, however, with a good deal of superficial fortitude.
    Chapter 30 (40% in)
  • Even, however, had she been able to narrate to him the private history of his daughter's unhappy love affair, it would have given her a certain comfort to leave him in ignorance; for Mrs. Almond was at this time not altogether in sympathy with her brother.
    Chapter 32 (17% in)
  • Catherine, however, would never look at him; she made it plain to him that she thought he came to see her too often.
    Chapter 32 (67% in)
  • Catherine, however, became an admirable old maid.
    Chapter 32 (76% in)
  • This life had, however, a secret history as well as a public one—if I may talk of the public history of a mature and diffident spinster for whom publicity had always a combination of terrors.
    Chapter 32 (78% in)
  • As regards one point, however, her circumspection prevailed, and she must be given due credit for it.
    Chapter 32 (97% in)
  • She had a confident hope, however, that her rich impulses, her talent for embroidery, would still find their application, and this confidence was justified before many months had elapsed.
    Chapter 34 (20% in)
  • She proceeded, however, with considerable caution, pausing occasionally to let Catherine give some sign.
    Chapter 34 (59% in)
  • It was perhaps, however, because Mrs. Penniman suspected them that she said no more that evening about Morris Townsend.
    Chapter 34 (99% in)
  • Mrs. Penniman, however, with her high conception of the sanctity of pledges, carried her point.
    Chapter 35 (13% in)
  • She continued to look at him, however, and as she did so she made the strangest observation.
    Chapter 35 (47% in)

There are no more uses of "however" flagged with this meaning in Washington Square.

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2  —1 use as in:
However much she tried...
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
  • But the principal thing that we know about this young man—who is, indeed, very intelligent—leads us to suppose that, however much he may value your personal merits, he values your money more.
    Chapter 11 (74% in)
however = regardless of how
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  • She had done so before—however unwillingly—because she was sorry for Miss Sloper; but she was not sorry for Miss Sloper now—not at all sorry.
    Chapter 32 (13% in)
  • But she wished that, instead of reproaches, however tender, he would give her help; he was certainly wise enough, and clever enough, to invent some issue from their troubles.
    Chapter 20 (10% in)

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